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Northwestern State falls to Golden Eagles in playoff push
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Lady Demon goalkeeper Jessica Danku recorded nine saves in Northwestern State’s 2-0 loss to Oral Roberts. Photo by Gary Hardamon/Northwestern State.
Lady Demon goalkeeper Jessica Danku recorded nine saves in Northwestern State’s 2-0 loss to Oral Roberts. Photo by Gary Hardamon/Northwestern State.
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A goal in the first half by Jordan Parson and a second half goal by Megan Giles gave Oral Roberts a 2-0 win over the Northwestern State Sunday afternoon in Southland Conference action.

Oral Roberts' (14-4, 9-2 Southland Conference) Madison Valenzuela took a shot that NSU (6-10-1, 4-5-1 SLC) goalkeeper Jessica Danku was able to stop, but Parson came in a grabbed the rebound and scored it in the 34th minute.

“Frustratingly, we came out a little flat,” said head coach George Van Linder. “We held them off for 30 minutes or so, and hoped that we could regroup.”

Danku played the entire match in-goal for Northwestern State. She allowed both goals and had nine saves.

Giles scored at the start of the second half on an assist from Jennifer Abernathy.

“After the half, we came out motivated but a lack of focus allowed a quick goal for their second score,” said Van Linder. “At that point we fought, but credit ORU because once it was 2-0 they weren’t going to let the lead slip away.”

The Golden Eagles outshot the Lady Demons 19-7 with an 11-2 shots on-goal mark. Maddie Rhodes played saved two shots for Oral Roberts.

Abernathy led the match and ORU in shots with seven, and two were on-goal. Parsons had three shots- all three on-goal- and Giles had two attempts.

Ashlee Savona led the Lady Demons with two shots and one on-goal.

With the loss, NSU fell to eighth in the standings one point behind Lamar who holds the final spot for the Southland Conference Tournament as of right now.

“It is our team’s goal to get to the conference tourney and they know what they have to do to get there,” said Van Linder. “They have responded well when faced with a challenge this season, and I know they will again.”

The Lady Demons have two matches left in the 2013 regular season, both on the road. NSU will travel to Incarnate Word on Friday at 7 p.m. and then will finish the season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Incarnate Word sits at 11th in the standings and Corpus Christi are in 13th place.

Six teams are fighting for a spot in the league tournament, including NSU. All six teams, except for NSU, have at least one game against another team fighting for a spot.
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